By: Erik Kline
Al Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders who led the silver-and-black team to “Just win, baby!,” died Saturday, at the age of 82. The Hall of Famer died at his home in Oakland. The cause of death has not been shared.
This event really hit home with the players in Oakland. John Madden a Hall of Famer and former Coach who led the Raiders to a superbowl, reacted by only being able to say “I am in shock.”
As the team is going through a hard time right now they have reflected on the positive traits of his life. “Al Davis was unique, a maverick, a giant among giants, a true legend among legends, the brightest star among stars, a hero, a mentor, a friend.” stated current team coach Hue Jackson.
Mr. Davis was a coach, general manager and owner of the Raiders for nearly 50 years. He left briefly, in 1966, to become the commissioner of the AFL, vowing to battle the older NFL for the best players available. That attitude helped lead the NFL to agree to play the AFL
“He is a true legend of the game whose impact and legacy will forever be part of the NFL,” Roger Goodell, the league’s current commissioner, said in a statement that Saturday.
It seems as though only positive things can be said about Al. After all, he has influenced many to pursue what they believe in and to chase what they love. During the five superbowls he led them to, he and the team won three of them.
Please keep Al’s family and the many friends who surrounded him, in your prayers so that they may have hope of comfort and support.